Meet Matt!

Meet our new fabulous new guitar player Matt Green who joins a brand new DC line up during this, our quiet revolution.

Green for go!

Young Matt hails from Nuneaton, home of acid folkers Fresh Maggots & post-punkers Eyeless In Gaza and of Larry Grayson.

Wæs þú hál Matt!

The young Warwickshire fretboarder first came to our attention when he was a member of those local exponents of Rhythm & Blues, Little Frankie & The Crawdaddy’s where he shone like a beacon with his exquisite collection of guitars (not forgetting his singing and harmonica playing!).

Oh AND like some football side rebuilding during a “period of transition” more new faces are a-comin’ to the DC squad as we evolve ahead of our second “proper” album which is in its very earliest stages…..watch this space.

DC Fontana & Don Fardon play Cambridge

Next gig for DC Fontana is a trip to Cambridge to play at The Alley Club on Saturday June 29th, 2013 with 60s blue eyed star Don Fardon joining them on stage.

. Flyer for the Cambridge gig

The gig takes place at The Ida Darwin Club at the Ida Darwin Hospital, Fulbourn Old Drift, Cambridge, CB21 5DP.

DC Fontana will feature former lead singer Karla Milton on guest vocals alongside Fardon who had a number of global smash hits in the late 60s & early 70s after leaving The Sorrows.

The band will run through songs from their debut album ‘Six Against Eight’ plus tearing through some of Don Fardon’s cool back catalogue.

The group will be sure to include Fardon classics like ‘I’m Alive’ and ‘Sunshine Woman’ alongside his hits ‘Indian Reservation’, ‘Take A Heart,’ ‘The Letter’ and ‘Belfast Boy’ among others in what should be a fantastic night.

Bass player Mark mortimer said: “It is always cool to have Don on stage with us and I am sure the good folk of Cambridge will love this.”

Support on the night comes from The Sound Of Pop Art and Alley Club DJs.

Tickets are priced at £10 in advance and can be obtained from from Paul Sawtell on telephone 07777 624 832 or via email  paul.sawtell@btopenworld.com.

The tickets can be paid for via Paypal and a limited number of tickets may be available on the door on the night (the venue advises to arrive early though else entry cannot be guaranteed)

Nick Read rejoins DC Fontana

Nick Read has rejoined DC Fontana as the group’s new guitarist.

The popular Tamworth-based musician has replaced Tony Russell who left the band after re-locating home as they continue to evolve during 2013.

The ever-popular Nick Read is back!

Nick used to be the lead singer and guitar player with DC Fontana several years ago and the group is delighted to have him back in the fold.

Drummer Nigel Horton said: “It’s great news! We are thrilled.

“Nick is one of the most talented people about and he’s also a very close mate so on several levels this is a great time for the band.”

Although Nick has not returned in the capacity of lead singer, he will contribute in the vocals department as well as song-writing and his return to the group was cemented with his first live appearance with them on stage at the Yardbird Jazz Club in Birmingham on Saturday June 1, 2013.

Bass player Mark Mortimer added: “Nick is one of those characters who has been an honorary member of the band & it really is a big boost for everyone to have him on board with us again.

“One of the best guitarists I’ve ever had the fortune to play with, Nick is also hilarious, a really great person to have around.”

The last time Nick was invovled with the band was at a brief recording session during the summer of 2011 when he contributed some acoustic guitar and Ebow on the Mortimer composition ‘Les Fantômes du Père Lachaise’ which appears on the group’s continental-flavoured ‘La Contessa’ album.

Mortimer continued: “Nick has already sung vocals on a new song we’ve recorded towards the next DC Fontana album called ‘Stars’ and he is in great form.”

Mark Mortimer in focus

Founding DC Fontana father Mark Mortimer is the subject of a four-page feature in the new issue of ‘Pagan Dawn‘ magazine.

Mortimer is quizzed at length by magazine editor Atreyu Crimmins on a wide range of subjects in what is a fascinating & revealing article in the current Imbolc issue from the Pagan Federation’s popular periodical publication.

The lengthy piece covers a wide range of subjects from what is behind DC songs & videos, the group’s current indie-charts success ‘Pentagram Man’ through to spirituality & a discussion on the fated parallels between rock & roll & paganism plus his punk rock childhood followed by a decision to rebel against a strict religious upbringing…

Pentagram Man at 3 in indie charts!

DC Fontana’s new record ‘Pentagram Man‘ is currently sitting at no 3 in the International Independent Charts.

To download it from the chart’s website & help the DCs’ chart position go here: http://www.independentcharts.org/products-page/africa/pentagram-man/

The group’s ‘DevilAngel’ is also at number 10 in the same chart.

The record is available as a CD-EP (with 6 tracks & an eight-page colour booklet) from this website   or as mp3 downloads from the above site or places like I Tunes, Amazon etc.

There is also a 7″ vinyl released featuring the Don Fardon-sung version of ‘Pentagram Man’ on one  side and ‘DevilAngel’ on the other.

 

Pentagram Man 7″

Copies of DC FONTANA’s ‘Pentagram Man’ 7″ record are now in stock!

The double A sided release features ’60s legend Don Fardon singing a version of the title track on one of the sides with the Louise Turner-sung ‘DevilAngel’ on the other.

Released on Heavy Soul Records (England), the 7″ is available to buy from the group’s webstore here:

 

  1. Regular 7″ http://www.dcfontana.com/shop/product_info.php/cPath/22/products_id/102
  2.  Signed version http://www.dcfontana.com/shop/product_info.php/cPath/22/products_id/103

Don & Mark to open new scooter exhibition

Don Fardon will be joined by DC Fontana’s Mark Mortimer as special guests at the opening of a major scooter exhibition in England tomorrow night (Thurs October 25).

The two will be on hand at the Coventry Transport Museum for the opening of a special exhibition featuring vintage British scooters from the 50s & 60s with Don cutting the ribbon to formally open the event at 7.30pm.

Coventry-born Don has made a return to his singing career during 2012 by performing with the reformed Sorrows & by singing live with DC Fontana to perform material from his globally successful solo career from the late 60s & 70s.

He also features as a guest singer on the group’s just-released ‘Pentagram Man EP’ which is now available.

The two musicians will join civic dignatries & leading scooter experts at the Hales Street museum for the “Scooter Mania Exhibition” which puts thte spotlight on machines manufactured on the British Isles instead of the usual Lambrettas & Vespas.

All the scooters on display were collected by Robin Spalding & include well-known British names such as Triumph, BSA & Raleigh, as well as more obscure manufacturers such as DMW, DKR & Dunkley to offer a unique perspective on this iconic form of personal transport.

As well as the scooters there are eye-catching displays of advertising, fashion & furnishings from the 50s & 60s to create an experience that is both nostalgic & surprising.

Don Fardon said: “I am honoured to be asked to formally open the exhibition with a short speech because Coventry is obviously my home town & the scooter culture has cropped up a lot during my career.

“It’s great that Mark from DC Fontana will also be with me for this & also appropriate considering the support that DC Fontana & myself receive from mods & scooter enthusaists from all over the world.”

DevilAngel – video of the day!

DC Fontana’s ‘DevilAngel’ video from the group’s brand new Pentagram Man EP is Video of The Day & getting great vibes on the Get To The Front website

Great publicity for a great video which was filmed by Dan Evans and directed by Martin Copland-Gray. This is one of THREE new videos that DC Fontana have released to promote the brilliant ‘Pentagram Man EP.’

Pentagram Man EP OUT NOW!!

DC Fontana’s brilliant new record, the ‘Pentagram Man EP‘ is OUT NOW!

Front cover of the new record

Released on DCTone Records, the six-track EP is available as a deluxe CD and as mp3 downloads while a 7″ vinyl will follow shortly later.

Buy the CD format of the EP HERE for a mere £6.00 or you can snap up a special limited edition signed copy of it for £8.00 HERE!

The EP features half a dozen tunes &features a bonus track sung by 60s blue eyed soul legend Don Fardon.

The CD format also includes a foreword written by American rock journalist Jean The Machine and sleeve notes from British psychede3lic shaman, Peter Daltrey, the lead singer & songwroter with Kaleidoscope / Fairfield Parlour, one of the most important psychedelic groups to emerge from the UK during the 1960s.

Indeed the CD booklet is an eight-page full colour affair to compliment the eye-catching CD artwork.

Musically the EP features:

01: Pentagram Man (Mark Mortimer)

02: DevilAngel (Mark Mortimer)

03: What Would It Take? (Tony Russell)

04: Satisfied (Part One) (Scott Riley)

05: Sighed DC (Donald Ross Skinner & Mark Mortimer)

06: Pentagram Man (Don Fardon Vocal Version) (Mark Mortimer)

As usual, the record is produced by Donald Ross Skinner and was recorded mostly in Birmingham but also in London & Liverpool.

It’s a fantastic six-track collection which shows the band REALLY upping their game and moving forward.

What Would It Take?